I’m pretty sure most people know what are the “normal” signs of anxiety. Those are the ones that are talked about the most. Did you know there are some that some you may not know of? I know for sure I didn’t know about a few of these until recently.
Let’s take a look at 8 of them.
1. Stomach Problems- Belly aches can happen. Anxiety can often lead to not so fun stomach issues like diarrhea, stomach aches, nausea, and burping.
2. Cold Hands and Feet- When you’re anxious, the fight or flight response has triggered This results in your blood flow is redirected away from your extremities and towards your torso and vital organs. That, in turn, causes very cold hands and feet.
3. Sickness- You can be prone to getting sick a little more often. Which in turn means more colds and minor illness. The reason for this is we’ve weakened our immune system from being anxious.
4. Forgetfulness/Inability To Pay Attention- This one I have seen in me, my husband and oldest daughter. We all 3 have anxiety and panic attacks at times. You might think your loved one or a friend isn’t paying attention to you as you speak, or say if you asked them to do something. A lot of times that’s not the case. They can appear distracted. They can’t help it. Be patient with them.
5. Muscle Aches- After a really bad one, I’ve noticed this one in myself. My muscles are so tight that it hurts and it can for days. It can be all over, but for me, it is in my neck.
6. Anger- A very common, but a little-known side effect of anxiety is anger or rage. Have you ever experienced this?
7. Yawning is a surprising, yet common symptom of anxiety. It’s all tied to the flight or flight response. It’s a physical reaction to this.
8. Sweating- Some people experience sweating and it can be a little or a lot of times. It happens when we’re in the fight or flight mode. It can also tie into the cold feeling as well. You get sweaty at first and then cold once that passes.
Allyson is a published author, blogger, wife and mom to 4 kids. Three of her children are on the autism spectrum. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. On her blog, you can find her writing about being an author, her faith, and family. She resides in Missouri with her loving husband and four wonderful children, and three cats. She’s addicted to knitting and coffee.